Want to go exploring?
The area around Zurich Airport is ideal for sports activities. All you need is the right equipment.
Ready, steady, go!
It's not just the aircraft that get their own tarmac at Zurich Airport – inline skaters, cyclists and Nordic walkers do, too.
Airport tour for cyclists
There are plenty of well-constructed cycle paths around the airport grounds, including stretches of national cycle routes numbers 5 and 29, as designated by Swiss National Bike Route (Veloland Schweiz).
A leisurely ride around Zurich Airport takes 2-3 hours. or 1-2 hours for cyclists who are training. There are no gradients to overcome, so cyclists can enjoy the surrounding countryside as well as fascinating views of the runways.
Thanks to the good cycle path connections, cyclists can reach the circuit around the airport from anywhere. As it is predominantly flat and not bumpy, the route is also suitable for bikes with child trailers. There are plenty of interesting detours into the nature conservation areas left and right of the airport – signposts show the way. It's also worth taking a detour to the Römischer Gutshof open air museum near Seeb, in the municipality of Winkel. The remains of a large Roman estate, which was built in around 50 AD, sits atop a small hill in the woods.
Airport tour for inline skaters
Those who don't mind short stretches on paths along the main roads can enjoy a 20-km skate around the airport.
From Kloten/Glattbrugg, the first destination along the airport fence is Rümlang. After that, take the cycle route to Oberglatt. Here the route switches briefly to a path along the main road, before crossing the river Glatt and heading back towards the northern end of the runway. You will quickly reach Oberglatt observation car park, which has catering and toilets. After a short stretch on the cycle route, you'll reach the “Hell” car park. If the weather's nice, guests can enjoy delicious crêpes and snacks. After a quick pit stop, the route takes you along the dead straight tarmacked road along the eastern side of the airport, back to Kloten. N.B.: the tarmacked roads are closed to the public when they are being used by the army. Please take note of the relevant signs.
The best places for the best photos
Zurich Airport is also a paradise for photographers of all ages. It's possible to take unobstructed photos of aircraft from various points – a unique treat for photographers!
You will find observation and photography points close to the runways all around the airport. Special peepholes in the airport perimeter fence allow photographs to be taken without obstruction. The observation decks in particular offer impressive views of the runways. You will find the best spots for spotters and photographers on the › following map(Google).
Refuel and enjoy
There are plenty of ways to satisfy hunger and quench your thirst around Zurich Airport. Whether a barbecue area or snack stand, they all offer a special experience.
Barbecues in the great outdoors
There are various campfire and barbecue spots along the former bed of the river Glatt and at the northern end of the airport grounds. For precise locations, please refer to this map: ›Excursion tips around the airport (PDF).
Buy your supplies
It's easiest to buy your barbecue and picnic supplies right here at Zurich Airport. In the Airport Center you'll find everything you need: fresh bread, meat, sausages, vegetables, fruit, desserts and beverages.
The snack stands are open all year round. The “Hell” car park only opens in good weather. Oberglatt lay-by and snack stop: at the observation car park at the northern end of the runway with the best view of aircraft coming in to land. Bus line 504 Oberglatt Bahnhof towards Bülach/Bahnhof has been extended and now has a new stop, called "Pistenende", at the Oberglatt lay-by. The buses depart every 30 minutes – every hour during off-peak times – every day, until midnight. “Hell” car park: is a little elevated, with a good view of the beginning of runway 14/32.